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The classic YA science fiction adventure by Nebula and Locus Award–winning author Pamela Sargent

The ship hurtles through space. Deep within its core, it carries the seed of humankind. Launched by the people of a dying Earth over a century ago, its mission is to find a habitable world for the children—fifteen-year-old Zoheret and her


The classic YA science fiction adventure by Nebula and Locus Award–winning author Pamela Sargent

The ship hurtles through space. Deep within its core, it carries the seed of humankind. Launched by the people of a dying Earth over a century ago, its mission is to find a habitable world for the children—fifteen-year-old Zoheret and her shipmates—whom it has created from its genetic banks.

To Zoheret and her shipmates, Ship has been mother, father, and loving teacher, preparing them for their biggest challenge: to survive on their own, on an uninhabited planet, without Ship's protection. Now that day is almost upon them...but are they ready to leave Ship? Ship devises a test. And suddenly, instincts that have been latent for over a hundred years take over. Zoheret watches as friends become strangers—and enemies. Can Zoheret and her companions overcome the biggest obstacle to the survival of the human race—themselves?

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“A melding of the psychological and the high adventure story, this gripping, emotion-evoking narrative is the first young adult novel by the author of Watchstar and other adult science fiction.” —Booklist, Starred Review

“The story is thought-provoking and full of odd surprises.” —School Library Journal

“This fascinating novel is very reminiscent of the better Heinlein juveniles (particularly Tunnel in the Sky)... A very impressive novel...should not be overlooked.” —San Francisco Chronicle

Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
This is a very odd book but it is oddly compelling. First of all, imagine a huge spaceship hurtling towards the far edges of the universe. Its plan is to find an uninhabited planet that can support human life and then to "seed" that planet with its cargo—a group of human teenagers, conceived in test tubes and raised by the ship so that when the time comes they will be able to run their own lives. It sounds as if this is a major project developed by a coordinated group of scientists. The teens must go through trials to test their leadership skills, their abilities to cooperate with each other, and their reactions to the unexpected. So far, it is similar to Lord of the Flies, but the addition of girls to the mix makes everything complicated. Another factor that makes things even more complicated is that several of the kids are not perfect specimens. Two of them are physically disabled, one is severely mentally challenged, and one is what we used to call "mildly retarded." At first it really does not matter. Everyone does what he or she can to the best of his or her ability and everything is fine. But when teams must be formed to prepare for settlement, suddenly things are not so fine. The slow kids hold things up for everyone on their teams. And while everyone is learning to cope with this, they realize that they are not alone. In fact there is another group of slightly older teens who have also been raised by the ship, and it turns out that these teens are actually the older siblings of the first group. They have been in suspended animation for years so that while time has passed for the original group, the new group is barely older than they are. If that is not enough toconfuse the reader, the next plot twist almost certainly is. Some of the original scientists who worked on the Project did not like the direction in which it was going, so they put themselves in suspended animation without the ship's knowledge. Now they are coming out and are planning to disable the ship's sensors and take over navigation themselves. Three plots to untangle! Fortunately the characters and their relationships with each other and with the ship are interesting enough to keep us reading. There will also be another title, and the first chapter (included in this title) is a real page turner.

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Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
Seed Trilogy Series, #1
Edition description:
First Edition
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Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

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By Sargent, Pamela

Tor Teen

Copyright © 2006 Sargent, Pamela
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ISBN: 0765352877


Manuel suddenly climbed onto a table near the front of the room and held up his arms. He waited until the room was still, then spoke. "We'll all be going to the Hollow soon to live. That's what I want to talk to you about.
"We have to learn how to live by ourselves," Manuel went on. "So I think Ship should shut down its sensors while we're there. We're getting too dependent on Ship. We always expect it to be there, and it keeps us from thinking for ourselves."
Zoheret looked down. If anyone else had proposed the idea, she might have agreed easily. But Manuel had said it. He was always in trouble even with Ship watching; what would he do without Ship's vigilance?


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Meet the Author

Pamela Sargent has won the Nebula Award, the Locus Award, and has been a finalist for the Hugo Award. She lives with writer George Zebrowski in upstate New York.

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Earthseed 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this when I was in grade school.good story for a sci fi lover.
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chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
Earthseed was…amazing! Seriously, it was so good. It’s no wonder that Paramount Pictures has teamed up with Melissa Rosenberg (the adaptor of the Twilight films) to release Earthseed through Tall Girl Productions as a major motion picture. I am so curious to see what they will come up with! When I first read the synopsis, I thought that Earthseed was going to be a read similar to that of Beth Revis’ Across The Universe. Although there are a few similarities, Earthseed stands up on its own. Think of a story that is a mixture of Across The Universe meets Hunger Games meets Lord of the Flies. Earthseed follows the lives of a group of teens aboard a spacecraft that they lovingly call “Ship”. Ship acts as the parental figure in the lives of these teens. With them from their birth, and guiding them as they grow up, Ship is a huge figure in their lives. With sensors scattered all throughout the space craft, Ship is able to monitor the activities that occur onboard, and is always available for guidance when needed. The main objective for this mission from Earth is to take the “seeds” of the people and scatter them throughout space on other liveable planets. Ship must travel throughout space in search of habitable land that does not have intelligent life on it yet, where this group of teens must learn to live and create a new world. Among the teens on board, Earthseed focuses primarily through the eyes of female protagonist, Zoheret, a strong character that I loved reading about. We watch her interaction with the other teens on board, and are introduced to the ways of life aboard Ship. As is human nature, groups of kids have become closer with others forming their own clique. And as it is in high school, a teen story is never complete without its own fair share of bullies. Enter Manual and Ho. Using their strength and influence to get what they want, everyone knows to stay on their good side, doing their biding. As it is done every year, Ship holds a type of competition among the group, whether it be through Q & A, or physical exertion. This year’s competition is one of significant importance. Aboard ship, there is an area known as the Hollow. And it is in this Hollow that the groups must traverse from one end of the Hollow to the other. Sounds simple enough…but with the need to win, groups will stop at nothing to come out the victor. And it is from this competition that former alliances break down and turn into something darker. At the completion of the competition, Ship informs the group that the time for their decent to a new land is fast approaching, and they must learn to live on their own as a tribe. They must learn how to grow their own food, become civilized in an unknown land, and learn to live with each other and co-exist. And with this experiment, Ship has agreed to not monitor the Hollow allowing them to fend for themselves. This is just an experiment waiting to go wrong… I only wish that rather than start a new “part” in the book, that we could have seen the beginning days of their new way of life. This book was completely unput-downable. I completely devoured it! The multiple twists and turns that author, Pamela Sargent, has put in the pages kept me up late at night. I needed to know what was going to happen the minute a plot twist presented itself. There were various parts in the book that I did not even guess was coming! I was shocked on multiple occasions. Sargent has pou
KrisSpor More than 1 year ago
Earthseed book 1 of the Seed Series by Pamela Sargent is a timeless masterpiece originally written in 1983 that raises important questions and will leave readers with intriguing issues to ponder. Earthseed is an old-school science fiction book that offer far more psychological drama and adventure than your typical flashy space operas. Earthseed is suspenseful, thought-provoking and thoroughly engrossing. I can't tell you how thrilled I am to have discovered this series! Ship is an A.I. built from/on an asteroid by the last surviving members of Earth to hold the DNA of all living animals, plants and even select human into space, to find a New Earth and to preserve humankind. Children are born from artificial wombs, then raised by ship who is mother/father figure, mentor and friend to them. Ship is responsible for the care of the passengers, providing them with every-day necessities, knowledge and training. Ship is also responsible for not only for keeping them alive, but teaching them how to stay alive on their own when they finally land on a new planet and Ship will no longer be able to assist them. Earthseed by Pamela Sargent raises many important questions! Is it possible to start over and not fall into the same patterns? Are we bound to repeat the same mistakes our ancestors made? Can we change who we are, and how we behave, in order to create a new and better world? Or are we destined to drive ourselves to the brink of extinction once again, sliding down the spiral of violence, anger and despair? I really appreciated the lack of romance in Earthseed, it is unnecessary and I was glad to see that Pamela Sargent didn't try to squeeze it into the plot as most authors do. Earthseed is all about survival, life lessons, and exploring the depth of human nature. More of an intellectual feast than a romanticized vision of space travel, and definitely not some cheesy space love story. I recommend Earthseed book 1 of the Seed Series by Pamela Sargent for all scifi and young-adult lovers. I read that it was recently optioned by Paramount to become a major motion picture. If this is indeed true I just PRAY they do not ruin Earthseed by Pamela Sargent the way so many books to movies have been. Earthseed book 1 of the Seed Series by Pamela Sargent is a remarkable and astonishing novel, and just couldn't put it down. I am looking forward to reading Farseed book 2 of the Seed Series by Pamela Sargent.
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
Set on a spaceship built upon an asteroid traveling the galaxies towards a new home, EARTHSEED is not quite what I expected. Thankfully. I was curious about it, namely because a film based on the series is in the works. I honestly didn't expect to like it much. I've been bitten by my expectations in regards to similar books. The first portion of the book was exactly what I expected. Sent as the hope for humanity, Ship is carrying teens to a new home. Zoheret and her companions are becoming eager to reach their new planet. In preparation, they begin spending more time in The Hollow, basically a forest setting. The harsh setting of The Hollow begins to bring out the survival instincts in the teens. Some more than others. When the kids begin to make shattering discoveries, they soon discover that nothing is what it seems. So when the story took a turn for the unexpected, I was hooked. As the teens work and compete to survive The Hollow, I became a great deal more interested. Then the unexpected begins to happen, over and over. The revelations, betrayals, the ramped up atmosphere and the lethal nature of some of the teens was astonishing. My only true qualm with the book would be my lack of connection to main character Zoheret. She's just not a warm person. I think the third person point of view may have contributed to her distance. And the fact that she was raised my a computer. I just didn't feel her, despite liking her well enough. Here's how I described EARTHSEED to my friend, April: It's ACROSS THE GALAXY meets LOST meets LORD OF THE FLIES. Sounds crazy and confusing, right? Somehow, it works. The ending was sad and dramatic and set up book two, FARSEED, nicely. Favorite Quote: " 'Who are you?' Zoheret said. His eyes widened in fear; they were dark eyes, not blue like Dimitri's. 'The others,' he said. 'You must be the others.' " (pg 128)
Marcie77 More than 1 year ago
Earthseed by Pamela Sergent was originally published in 1983. Somehow this book has escaped my attention until now. Earthseed is an interesting story about a spaceship named Ship, that has been programmed to find an inhabitable planet to populate with humans. These humans have never lived anywhere but on Ship. Ship has raised them, taught them, and prepared them to start a new life on a new planet. Zoheret is a strong willed girl. She doesn't just blindly go with the crowd. She questions Ship's judgment when it releases them into a part of the ship that resembles a wilderness. Zoheret and her shipmates must learn survival skills and how to live independently of Ship. Situations arise that turn shipmates against each other, but soon they have to learn to work together to overcome a barrier that threatens their survival. This story blew me away. It's like Survivor meets Battlestar Galactica. I started reading and didn't put this book down until I was finished. Even then I wanted more. Thankfully Earthseed is the first book in a trilogy so I'll get my wish. This book was exciting and full of adventure. It's definitely one of the best books I've read in some time. You're going to want to read it. It's also going to become a major motion picture. No details yet on when it's coming out or who will be in it. This story is great and I can definitely picture it on the big screen.
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PersiaBandari More than 1 year ago
The prospect of this book is better than the execution. Characters are flat and forgettable. Even the main protagonist--despite being slightly relatable--is incredibly boring and no more memorable than anyone else in the story. Everything tries very hard to be epic, shocking, and exciting, but unfortunately falls short--possibly due to the author's overly simple prose. It was trying to be a mixture of sci-fi adventure and an analysis of human nature, but the author didn't pull that off very well. All in all, very disappointing. If you really want to read a book about the many faults in human nature that lead to the destruction of our own species, I guess this manages it, but in a very underwhelming way. LORD OF THE FLIES does it better, and it didn't need autonomous spaceships and new inhabitable planets...
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This book has everything love, lust, teenaged angst, and just surviving. It kept me reading till four in the morning, and its not a short read either a good 300 pages. And then you don't want it to be over because its so good, then your sad because you want to know if everything worked out, did they start other earth? You will just have to read it to know how great it really is.